Purpose of the Qualification
Group Recital Examinations are designed to develop the skills necessary for devising and presenting a programme of material for performance, in a recital format.
Broad Objectives of the Examinations

-Interpretative skills
Devise a group performance in a recital format.
Place text within a context by selecting, linking and structuring material around a theme.
Engage imaginatively with the thought, emotion, style and form of a text.

-Technical skills
Communicate audibly and clearly as a group in order to convey the material appropriately.
Vary use of the performance space in order to illuminate the material and theme.

-Interactive skills
Share responsibility for the performance in order to communicate as an ensemble.

Examination Content
The group must present a mini-recital, based around a theme, utilising 2-4 elements (see table below).
Text may be presented individually or in unison. Individual lines or phrases may be taken by solo voices or part of the group, depending on the nature of the text.
The group may also choose to use music and/or sound effects (live or recorded) but they must provide and operate their own sound equipment.
The group may present the pieces in any order. The examiner will not interrupt the programme once the group has started.
Level A theme Each Selection
Total time allowance (minute)
1. Memorised
2. Memorised Prose 3. Memorised Verse or Prose 4.
A Scene
4. Dramatic Text
Entry Level 1 1 - - - @ 2 10
Level 1 1 1 1 1
(contrast in mood)
- - @ 2 15
Level 2 4 1 1 1
(contrast in mood)
1 - @3 20
Level 3 6 1 1 1
(contrast in genre,style or mood)
Choose either one @3 30
※ including appropriate links
Repertoire Guidelines and Regulations
Recital Exam
Entry Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Selection set Selections set for The LAMDA Verse and Prose Anthology Volume XVII (17) may not be used, although a different prose selection from one of the set books is acceptable.
- Selections set for The LAMDA Acting Anthology Volume XVII (2) may not be used, although a different scene from one of the set plays is acceptable.
Selected repertoire must be published.
Any published translation of non-English language texts is acceptable.
Selected repertoire must be suitable for the group’s age and ability.
- Dramatic text must be selected from a published play or screenplay or be adapted from the dialogue of a published novel.
Selected repertoire must enable the group to engage with complex emotions and universal themes.
The content Repertoire content must be simple and straightforward, relating to familiar subjects and contexts, real or imagined. The content of the selected repertoire may go beyond easily recognisable events and stories so that learners can begin to explore emotions, moods and atmosphere outside their immediate experience (e.g. imagined people and places, other periods). The content and language of the selected repertoire must be technically challenging e.g. in terms of vocal range and dexterity.
The language Repertoire language must be simple and accessible, with vocabulary that conveys meaning clearly and unambiguously. The language of the selected repertoire must contain a variety of expressive vocabulary and offer some opportunity for interpretative choices. The language of the selected repertoire must contain some subtlety in vocabulary and syntax so that there are opportunities for a variety of approaches and interpretative choices.
General Notes and Regulations
The group must consist of a minimum of three learners; there is no maximum.
Learners may not enter for more than one group examination of the same subject at the same grade.
The group may perform the elements of an examination in any order.
The examiner will not interrupt the recital programme once the group has started.
Learners may use recorded music and/or sound effects but must provide their own sound equipment. No unauthorised person will be allowed to be present during the examination and therefore the group must operate their own sound equipment.
The group must bring legible copies of all selections for the examiner. The group may choose to bring a decorated programme of their recital for the examiner.
Selected repertoire must be presented in English.
For the purpose of these examinations, a 'link' is a short statement connecting one piece of text to another to ensure fluency of performance.
The group will receive a written examination report: there will be no oral feedback after the performance.